Houk and Klee 2004      Category: Centric
TYPE SPECIES: Discostella stelligera (Cleve and Grunow) Houk and Klee




Smallest to largest - 2 taxa sorted by maximum length

Image Credit: Rex Lowe

CLASS: Coscinodiscophyceae
  ORDER: Thalassiosirales

  1. Central area with large alveoli, often star-shaped
  2. Marginal radial costae
  3. Marginal fultoportulae present

Discostella grows as solitary cells or forms colonies in chains. The central area may be flat or concentrically undulate. Large, distinctive alveoli form a star-shaped pattern in the central valve. Radial costae are present at the valve margin. Small spines may be present or absent on the costae. Central to the costae are striae, which may be uniseriate or multiseriate. Marginal fultoportulae are present, located on every few striae. A single rimoportula is positioned on the margin of the valve, between two costae.

Discostella contains the ‘stelligeroid’ Cyclotella sensu lato species, and includes D. stelligera, D. pseudostelligera, D. woltereckii, D. glomerata, D. stelligeroides. In general, the group is widespread in planktonic habitats.

Cite This Page:
Spaulding, S., and Edlund, M. (2009). Discostella. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved April 19, 2018, from http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/taxa/genus/Discostella

Contributor: Sarah Spaulding | Mark Edlund - April 2009
Reviewer: Sam Rushforth - May 2010